Joy Harvest World Outreach Church adopted San Gorgonio High School on April 1. The adoption and ceremony were part of the Adopt-a-School program sponsored by the San Bernardino Area Chamber of Commerce and the San Bernardino City Unified School District. The program encourages partnerships between community organizations and District schools. San Gorgonio High is the second school to be adopted by Joy Harvest World Outreach Church this year. In February, Joy Harvest adopted Emmerton Elementary School, which is located just down the street from San Gorgonio High. Church members have committed to mentoring San Gorgonio students and helping them connect to the greater community. The April 1 ceremony was a joint adoption by Joy Harvest World Outreach Church and New Hope Missionary Baptist Church.
NEW TASK FORCE FOCUSES ON ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDENTS IN SAN BERNARDINO CITY SCHOOLS
A new task force made up of parents, educators, and community leaders has begun focusing on ways to boost the academic success of the San Bernardino City Unified’s nearly 8,000 African-American students.
Among the first goals of the Task Force for African American Student Achievement is surveying parents about the District’s parent and community engagement practices. The task force, headed by the Rev. Samuel Casey of Communities Organized for Prophetic Engagement (COPE), hopes to establish more community engagement opportunities that will help parents and guardians work with the District as it strives to increase the number of African-American high school graduates who are ready to succeed in college and careers.
Formed late last year, the task force represents a spectrum of grassroots community organizations, among them the Westside Action Group, Young Visionaries, BLU Educational Foundation, the San Bernardino chapter of the NAACP, Boys and Girls Club of San Bernardino, Youth Action Project, Inland Empire Concerned African American Churches, and the Black Voice Foundation. The task force’s mission is to ensure that the District’s Targeted Instructional Improvement Plan, known as TIIP, is implemented for the benefit of African-American students.
“We have a responsibility to hold the District accountable but also to work alongside the District,” Casey said. “Effective collaboration is essential to real change.”
This summer, the Task Force for African American Student Achievement will host a Parent Learning Institute to educate mothers, fathers, and guardians, so they can become better advocates for children. The institute will also focus on empowering parents and caregivers to participate in the decision-making process at the school, District, and community level.
Task force members will have a booth at the April 5 Day of King Celebration at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, located at 1250 Medical Center Drive in San Bernardino. The parent survey will be available during the event.
Superintendent Dr. Dale Marsden, who has long supported authentic parent engagement, welcomes the task force’s help.
“We have already begun a productive dialogue that I believe will be beneficial to the task force, the District, and, most importantly, our students,” Marsden said. “Educating students and ensuring their future success is the work of our entire community.”
For more information about the work of the new task force, please call COPE at (909) 915-1776.
Michael Gallo provides leadership to the commercial, civil, and military space community as a founding member and past chairman of the California Space Education and Workforce Institute, the California Space Authority and as section chairman of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is a past chairman and current board member of the Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County. Michael serves as advisory board chairman of the Lewis Center for Educational Research, a k-12 charter school.
He founded Technical Employment Training, Inc., a non-profit established as a partnership between education and industry, to prepare a skilled and highly-qualified workforce for the manufacturing sector and place students into careers.
As the past chairman of the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board, board member of several California State University initiatives and regional education collaboratives, he is focused on the implementation of key strategic education, workforce, and economic development objectives to enable our region to compete within targeted high-growth industry clusters and provide technology sectors with qualified workers.
Time for Change Foundation’s Annual Awards Luncheon will be held on Thursday, April 10, 2014 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the National Orange Show Events Center, located at 690 S. Arrowhead Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92408. “Celebrating Life’s Precious Jewels” is this year’s theme. The event will celebrate the life successes of Time for Change Foundation while awarding the members of the community who contribute to the success of those in need.
Other awardees at this year’s event include: Dan and Melissa Carlone for the Community Champion Award; Penny Lilburn for the Community Pioneer Award; the Safety Employees’ Benefit Association for the Ramos Family Spirit of Compassion Award; Brenda Dowdy and Vicki Lee-Nichols for the Community Service Award; and Ron Cochran for the Public Safety Award.
The mission of Time for Change Foundation is to empower disenfranchised low income individuals and families by building leadership through evidenced-based programs and housing to create self-sufficiency and thriving communities. Event sponsorship opportunities and seats are available. Please call (909) 886-2994 or visit www.timeforchangefoundation.org for more information or to make a donation.